Story - 91%
Graphics - 90%
Audio - 79%
Gameplay - 85%
Replayability - 92%
Commander Shepard’s story might be over but that doesn’t mean that it is the end of Mass Effect. Enter the Ryders, the new main family in the new Mass Effect game Andromeda!
Finally, we can dive into another Mass Effect game. The Mass Effect series has become one of the great Action RPG games to play in our time. With this comes some pretty hectic high standards that EA/Bioware needs to try and keep. In Mass Effect 3 there were outcries in how the game ended, so much so that EA / Bioware created a DLC to extend the ending. I believe that the developers need to go in the direction they wanted to, even if it is not what fans wanted.
Now with Mass Effect: Andromeda there is even more pressure. Firstly, there is a whole new main protagonist (The Ryder Family), Secondly, the game is going more open world and including vehicles. There is a lot riding on it and the developers felt some of the pain as they delayed the game.
So far, I’m enjoying the game very much, I like the new story line of creating a whole solar system that is viable for sustaining life. The Ryder family is interesting and I am eager to learn more about them. I love how the game is more open world, as it gives you more freedom to explore. The vehicle gameplay works with the open world game style and the Nomad fits perfectly into this environment.
I’m not sold yet on the new races in the game, the Kett and Angara – but it might change later in the game. I however Love how SAM (the AI system) interacts with the characters and the sarcasm and humour this character brings along. Your goal in the game is to make planets more viable in the Andromeda Galaxy. During this you will meet new people, get asked to do some favours (Side Quests) or just get shunted around. At the end of the day it is up to you if you want to explore some side quest or rather just concentrate on the main missions.
The game looks great, and yes there are some glitches here and there and sometimes the graphics can look better but for me it looks great. The gameplay is also quite smooth, there are some little snags with jumping now and then but nothing to drastic. The combat now being more fluid can be a little tougher because there is no pause function, but, this just means that you need to change your style a bit more, I would’ve liked if you could use more than just 3 powers at once, especially to test some powers out or to have more options as having only 3 limits things quite a bit.
The research, crafting and levelling up system works well but at the same time feels like it is on the verge of being too much or not meaning anything. For the research and crafting, there is a lot to do but I feel that I never know what to try and get to craft my armour that I’m working towards, unless I go to the developing centre and write down what I need. Levelling up your characters is quite cool, it would’ve been nice if there was a function to auto level up companions when you want to and not just an on /off switch in the options menu. I sometimes felt like I didn’t want to spend skill points developing other skills because I can only have 3 active powers at a time, this is a little sad as there are powers that you would like to use now and then but not all the time.
The Tempest is a cool ship to fly around with and I feel it compares well to the Normandy that we are used to, Also, everything you need is on the Tempest and you might never want to leave the ship. One new feature – is to send strike teams on missions which are time based and earns you some bonuses, you can also choose to play these missions as Multiplayer instead of sending a team to try and accomplish the mission.
Although Mass Effect: Andromeda has its flaws I still think it is a very successful game, it has a fantastic new story that I cannot wait to finish and the whole stabilizing worlds has a cool appeal to it. I will definitely be playing this game for a while, exploring everything I can and going where no Man, Woman or Alien has gone before!
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Action RPG
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: EA / BioWare
Estimated RRP: R979
Release Date: 23 March 2017
- More freedom in the game
- Great new story
- Only 3 active powers